The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

Hormonal Contraceptives – Do They Increase Risk of Depression?

Posted by Margaret Groves on Saturday, 08 October

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There have been some articles going around the medical news reporting on a new Danish study [1] suggesting that hormonal contraception might increase risk of depression, and that previous studies may not have highlighted this link because they did not include women who stopped taking their birth control as a result of depressive symptoms. This study got around that problem by including in their survey women who had been using birth control at any time during the previous 6 months. So what is the fuss all about?

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Feel Awful at "That Time of The Month"? It's More than Just Your Hormones.

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Saturday, 16 July

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Historically a taboo subject, menstruation has long been stigmatized as unclean and negative; provoking multiple complex cultural values.

Since starting to talk publically about periods, we know so much more about the biochemical basics and physical aspects of menstruation. We are now also beginning to better understand the underlying interplay of sex-hormones with neurotransmitters that create the harmony of a normal menstrual cycle, or the symptom havoc seen with PMS, or its more severe form PMDD. 

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Menopause – Is It All In Your Head?

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Friday, 03 June

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Estrogen. 

We've heard Dr. Zava call it the "angel of life, and the angel of death." Too much can be hazardous. Too little can be problematic also. 

Not many people realize this, but estrogen plays a role in more bodily functions than just reproduction. In fact, estrogen has many important functions in the brain. 

Studies show that decreasing levels of estrogen can cause two of the most common perimenopause symptoms hot flashes and mood fluctuations. Curious how this happens? Read on to learn the details of this biochemistry. 

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The Birth Control Pill Coin Flip – Heads or Tails?

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Thursday, 12 May

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Reliable contraception is a monumental achievement of the last century. Very effective at preventing pregnancy, oral contraceptives, generally referred to as "the Pill," are commonly prescribed to women of reproductive age. Aside from contraceptive purposes, the Pill can also be used to treat gynecological disorders such as irregular or excessive bleeding, polycystic ovarian syndrome, severe menstrual cramping, acne, and endometriosis-associated pain, and their use has been associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer. 

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